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02/24/2010 - 5:03pm
Pierce 'most likely' out against Cavs

WALTHAM -- The Celtics will likely be without Paul Pierce when they take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on Thursday night, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Pierce was kept out of practice on Wednesday to protect his injured right thumb. "I'm not going to say definitely but most likely not [Thursday]," Rivers said. "We'll just evaluate it day-to-day. I didn't want him to take a chance of getting his thumb hit at all in practice so that if he did feel good [Thursday] but if not, we'll just wait. We're just going to go a game at a time with him."

 

Asked if he were concerned that Pierce's thumb was anything more than a sprain, Rivers said likely not. "I would know if it's something else and it's not," he said.

 

Also missing practice on Wednesday was Marquis Daniels with flu-like symptoms. "We sent Marquis home. He looked awful so we'll see [Thursday] and...

02/24/2010 - 2:38pm
Patriots re-sign David Patten

The Patriots announced this afternoon via their Twitter page that they have re-signed veteran wide receiver David Patten. Patten, who spent 2001 through 2004 with New England, was a part of three Super Bowl champions before spending time with Washington and New Orleans. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


02/24/2010 - 2:35pm
Report: Raiders franchise Seymour

A report in the Boston Herald indicate that the Raiders have franchised former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour. Seymour, who was dealt to Oakland prior to the start of the 2009 season, is now scheduled to make almost $12.4 million if he chooses to sign the tender. However, it has been reported that the two sides are continuing to talk about a possible long-term agreement. After eight seasons in New England, Seymour was traded to the Raiders for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft. This season in Oakland, Seymour finished with four sacks and 47 tackles. For more Patriots updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


02/24/2010 - 1:54pm
Sox owners 'not going anywhere'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president/CEO Larry Lucchino met with reporters in Fort Myers to discuss the state of the team and their views on ownership. Henry made clear that the group has every intention of remaining involved in what he portrayed as a labor of love, that has also witnessed one of the most successful eras in franchise history.

 

"We're not going anywhere," Henry said. "We adore, we love this franchise. We are so committed to this franchise. These eight years have been so much fun and so rewarding."

 

The owners also suggested that they were pleased with the state of the team following a substantial offseason reshaping. The club will have a record payroll in 2010, but the owners suggested that the investment seemed justified by the shape of the club.

 

"One thing we’ve been saying since day one is that...

02/24/2010 - 10:26am
Drew: Shoulder isn't an issue

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' workout at the team's minor league training facility, J.D. Drew relayed that the surgery he had performed on his left shoulder in November didn't adversely affect his preparation for the 2010 season and he is ready to participate in all of the regular baseball activities throughout spring training. Drew did point out that the decision to have the surgery via an incision instead of a scope allowed the timetable for recovery to be bumped up slightly, with the outfielder beginning his hitting program on schedule at the end of January. 

 

"Just wear and tear I guess," Drew said when asked how the injury occurred. "The way I swing the bat, I keep my top hand on the bat quite a bit, so over the years it’s probably wear and tear with those bones going together forming bone spurs. I didn’t know what was going on because I figured when I got that last...

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